“The Animal Support Project (TASP) is based in the Capital Region of NY. TASP performs Crisis Intervention directly with companion animal owners to keep animals living with their families. In extreme cases where no other solution is possible and space is available, we will foster and re-home animals to ensure their best interest. We are the region’s ONLY all-volunteer, all-species companion animal safety net.”

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Featured Pet


BrookeFrom a frightened, bewildered victim of Hurricane Sandy to a playful, eager-to-learn young lady, I have certainly seen some changes in my life over the past months. Now, my future looks bright as the sun, thanks to the wonderful people at the ASPCA and The Animal Support Project. I was displaced during the hurricane last fall, and landed in the ASPCA’s Emergency Boarding Facility for NYC Pets Displaced by Hurricane Sandy. While I was there, the partners from The Animal Support Project recognized me for the dog I could be. When the facility closed, TASP brought me upstate, to live in the country and to learn how to achieve my potential as a good pet.

What I learned is, the storm is over. Life is a garden, waiting to be explored.

My name is Brooke, and like my name, I am fluid and bubbly and sparkly and sweet. I am housebroken, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed, just about two and a half years old. Good with all humans and dogs my size & larger, I’m a pretty buckskin-brindle, red-nosed pibble with a, sleek build. When I walk on leash, I move like a runway model: elegant and erect, poised and ready to respond to your commands. Thanks to a generous grant from ASPCA, I’ve had the best in veterinary care and behavioral  training. I’ve learned Basic Obedience and Agility, and, BTW,  I’m excelling in the Agility ring. I enjoy learning new games, connecting with my person and  playing with my herding ball. I love belly rubs, and you should see me catch tennis balls!

My benefactors at ASPCA even made sure I’ll be well cared for in the future, by sponsoring me with a free full year of ASPCA pet insurance! In many ways, I feel a little bit like Cinderella…from a nobody to a somebody; from displaced to established. You could say I’m a canine Eliza Doolittle or a puppydog-Pygmalion. I entered the storm wondering what would become of me and with the clouds parted, I am a well-mannered, well-groomed young lady. Now, my next goal is to find a home and a family with whom I can share what I’ve learned.

Have you been longing for a companion to accompany you on your hikes, to work with you, and to bring a smile to your face when you’re having a bad day? Let’s face tomorrow together. Let me show you how wonderful life can be.  518-727-8591

See Brooke’s Training Videos

Made possible by a grant from ASPCA.


Official Plans for “The Hoss Fund”

HossAs many of you know, Hoss did not live to spend all the funds that were donated for his medical needs. As of this date, after paying for his X-Rays, vet visits, euthanasia and cremation (his food and his giant foam bed were paid for by TASP and his foster family), the Hoss Fund contains enough money for TASP to keep the account open, to be officially turned into a memorial fund for giant breed dogs in crisis.

Hoss was generous in size and in soul and his memory can be appropriately honored and immortalized through offering help to other giants breed dogs who, like him, need special assistance to prevent their suffering.

Anyone who wishes for their donations to be specifically applied to this purpose is welcome to do so through the Hoss Fund, by simply adding a note on their check, letter, Paypal or Razoo donation, indicating it is for Hoss’s Fund.

As always, 100% of all donations will be applied to the animals, as we are a 100% volunteer organization. Thanks for caring about Hoss and for all the giants yet to come.

TASP Weekend Photo Shoot

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Get your pet’s (we do kids also) photos taken at one of our photo shoots. See our Events Calendar page for dates and locations.

ASPCA Funds Construction of Canine Training Yard for The Animal Support Project

RPI’s Acacia Fraternity Joins TASP on Project Funded by ASPCA

Training Yard buildStudents from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Acacia Fraternity provided the manpower this month, helping The Animal Support Project (TASP) erect a secure 2,000 square foot outdoor canine training yard. The yard, constructed primarily from welded steel kennel panels obtained through a grant from The American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), will be used for humanely treating behavior in TASP program dogs through positive training and controlled behavior modification methods.

According to TASP President, Melinda Plasse, “TASP’s experience with companion animal crisis intervention indicates that problem behavior is a huge contributor to canine surrenders and euthanasia. We don’t expect to create lambs out of lions here, but of those who do have the potential, we intend to create clearer-thinking, more manageable pets who will have developed the emotional skills to live successful lives in the community. We are thrilled to have the Acacia Brothers onboard for this project, and we look forward to their further involvement during the actual operation of the yard.”

The ASPCA grant was awarded as part of a continuing commitment to Brooke, a dog rescued by TASP from ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy Temporary Emergency Boarding Facility in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to Brooke, the training yard will offer a legacy of support to TASP program dogs needing behavioral adjustment in order to adapt to home and family life. ASPCA Behaviorists and Crawmer’s Animal Training of West Sand Lake, NY, will provide guidance to TASP volunteers operating the yard program.

For the full Press Release, please visit…   http://www.theanimalsupportproject.com/?p=662

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Police: Two arrested in Bethlehem for animal abuse.
Horses found allegedly mistreated and malnourished.

By Spotlight Staff

Monday, November 11, 2013 -3:57 p.m.

Bethlehem Police Department executed a search warrant at 80 Waldenmaier Road on Monday, Nov. 11 as a result of a multi-week investigation into complaints of animal cruelty and neglect of horses.

Police said upon arrival to Stone Brook Farms, 33 horses were found on the property. After an investigation, some horses were allegedly found to be in various stages of neglect and malnourishment. Others were allegedly found to be without water. All horses were examined by licensed veterinarians and as a result of the examinations eight horses were seized to undergo further evaluation, treatment, and care. Police said the seized horses will be stored at another location until further ordered by the Town of Bethlehem Court.

As a result of this investigation, Karen A. Burrows, 49, and William J. Trianni, 25, both of 80 Waldenmaier Road, were arrested and charged with eight counts of failure to provide sustenance, a Class A misdemeanor under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. Both subjects were released on appearance tickets and are due to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on December 3 at 4 p.m.

Volunteers from TASP were called to the scene to help police and the horses.

GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program

The Animal Support Project has met the eligibility criteria and Program guidelines to be part of the “GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program”. So if you are a donor through that program please select “The Animal Support Project” as your choice for matching gifts. Thank you.

My Name Is Suki


My Name Is Suki

My name is Suki . I’m a Chihuahua. I’m just a little 4-pound package and I’ve always been completely blind and deaf. I don’t see with my eyes and I don’t hear with my ears; I feel messages from your soul.
For as long as I can remember, it was always just my Dad and me. Dad took care of me to the best of his ability. We didn’t have a lot of money but we were very happy together. He fed me, he loved me, he gave me a home. We had just each other; no other family and not a lot of close friends. As time went on, I noticed something was changing with Dad. My eyes and ears may not work, but I can sense things that others can’t. Whatever it was that was wrong with Dad, it worried me very much. One day, Dad’s soul whispered to me that he had to go to the hospital. He set me up at our apartment with extra water and food, and some papers to use for a bathroom. He gave me a long hug and asked me with his heart to be a patient, good boy. I always do what Dad asks me to do, so I settled in and waited for his return.
A couple of days later, some nice ladies came by to check in on me. I could feel their worry in the air and it made my nose burn. For a long time afterward, one of the ladies would stop by each day to give me fresh water and food and change my papers. And even though they were very kind to me, I became more and more concerned. Where was my Dad? Why wasn’t he home yet? What happened to him in that hospital? And in the meantime, my itch was getting worse and worse. I cried a lot during that time, but not when the ladies were there. I needed to be brave for my Dad. Read My Story Here

Jacob Goes Home


“Without my TASP foster family, I’d still be existing on the chain instead of sleeping on the bed.

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ASPCA Generosity Helps TASP Do Right By Hurricane Sandy Animal Victims

While TASP volunteers were volunteering at ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Pet Shelter in Brooklyn from October to January, we came across Brooke and Pluto, two wonderful pit bulls who were picked up as strays after the hurricane. As the shelter was winding down, we worked with ASPCA to develop a plan for these two dogs to move upstate with us and undergo boarding, foster care, medical care, obedience and agility training and general guidance on how to be a good member of the family. ASPCA graciously stepped forward with a generous grant enabling us to bring Brooke and Pluto to their full potential as pets, so they can achieve forever homes through our adoption program. The effort is now blossoming and we are happy to report that Pluto has moved in with his new family in Scotia. Brooke is continuing her training while she waits for an equally awesome home of her own. Both dogs will enter their new homes with a full year’s free ASPCA Pet Insurance coverage, to further insure their future. THANK YOU, ASPCA, for partnering with TASP to make this work possible. Read full press release…

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Dogs rescued from NYC being trained, prepped for adoption locally

Published: Monday, June 03, 2013
By Andrew Beam – The Troy Record

CROPSEYVILLE — The Animal Support Project has a 2-year-old pit bull up for adoption after it was found without a home during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Pluto with his new adopted family, the Rosenbarkers. (photo provided)

The Animal Support Project, a 501c3 charitable organization which regularly tries to prevent pets from being placed in animal shelters, has had to play a different role after two pit bulls were found displaced due to the damage done by the hurricane to New York City. READ FULL ARTICLE…

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 Fate uncertain for 15 former fighting pit bulls

Originally published: March 28, 2013 11:41 AM
Updated: March 28, 2013 8:58 PM
By SCOTT EIDLER scott.eidler@newsday.com

Photo credit: Uli Seit | A pit bull named Pretty Girl was impounded and is recovering in a North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington after being seized from an alleged dogfighting ring. (March 21, 2013)

Photo credit: Uli Seit | A pit bull named Pretty Girl was impounded and is recovering in a North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington after being seized from an alleged dogfighting ring. (March 21, 2013)

Most of the 15 pit bulls sat nameless in cages outside the shelter.

Some of the animals, seized in January and simply labeled evidence while awaiting the outcome of a criminal dogfighting case, were scarred, had open sores and visibly shook. Unlike non-fighting dogs named Oreo, Egypt or Sunny also housed at the North Hempstead-run shelter in Port Washington, the pit bulls have been deemed unavailable for adoption and face an uncertain future.

Though vets check the dogs weekly, shelter director Sue Hassett said, no date has been set for their release, and experts say the path to recovery is winding and uncertain.

“Until the court clears them, they’re kind of in limbo,” she said. But “they’re hanging in there; this is probably the best they’ve ever had it” since police recovered them from an alleged dogfighting ring in a New Cassel woman’s backyard.

The Nassau County district attorney’s office declined to comment on case specifics.

On a cold morning last week, some of the dogs, from 6 months to several years old, paced their steel cages. Some were loud, others quiet during the outdoor break.

Based on history, according to animal and legal experts, the dogs’ outcomes may vary, too. READ FULL ARTICLE…